Curious about the writing process of an author? Everybody’s process is going to look different, but today I’ll give you a sneak peek into mine!
This past year has been very much about building a strong writing habit. I used to write whenever I felt like it and while that kind-of-sort-of worked, it didn’t really get me very far. It was also incredibly slow for a couple reasons: Firstly, during busy seasons of my life, I don’t feel like writing, I feel like sleeping, or watching TV, or doing something restful. Secondly, because my periods of when I felt like writing were generally pretty far apart, every time I came back to a manuscript I had to get to know it all over again each time – huge time water!
But now my writing process looks like this:
Setting up my writing space.
Lately, I’ve been experimenting with writing after lunch. I thought I was a morning writer, but I always feel antsy in the morning and writing requires me to be a little more settled, so I did a schedule switch-up.
I also found that I don’t like to write in the same place I do my other work, so I’ve started writing on the living room floor. My office these days is the dining room table. My writing space is a mere few metres away. I place a giant pillow on the floor to sit on, grab my lap desk and some water, and face the window with my computer in my lap.
I’ve started typing notes at the end of my manuscript that detail the exact things that’s going to happen next. That means I’m generally not having to think about plotting during my writing session, I’m just thinking about writing.
While I write, what I listen to changes. Lately it’s either been silence, or ASMR spa videos on YouTube. Sometimes if I’m writing an intense scene, I like to set the tone with some specific music.
Depending on my goals, I generally write for about an hour. For the month of June, however, my goal is to write 1000 words a day, no matter how long it takes.
Tracking my writing.
Something I’ve been finding helpful and will continue to refine is tracking my writing. I track when I start and finish, how many words I wrote that session, where I wrote, what I was listening to, and what activity I did before-hand. Tracking those things has helped me find a pattern in what’s working and what’s not.
That’s pretty much my writing process for when I’m in the throws of writing a first draft. If you want to check out my other writing processes, check out these posts:
- What I Did After Writing My First Draft of My Novel
- What it was like sending my manuscript to Beta Readers
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Enjoy the journey,